Sustainability at Yale

Sustainability at Yale

Sustainability is a theme at Yale that goes beyond F&ES. Yale’s Office of Sustainability releases detailed Sustainability Strategic Plans to reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions and waste and increase composting and recycling rates. The office publishes annual progress reports, which can be viewed online.

An important initiative this year was Yale’s first-ever Carbon Charge. The Yale Carbon Charge Project was a six-month pilot program involving 20 university buildings to help test the effectiveness of carbon pricing on Yale’s campus. Yale is the first institution of higher learning to implement such a program. Learn more about the Carbon Charge.

And of course, here at the Forestry School we pride ourselves on our sustainability focus. The Environmental Stewardship Committee (of which I am a member) is a group of six students working to improve sustainability and wellness at F&ES. Some of our initiatives include encouraging a BYO (Bring Your Own) culture through the sale of reusable clamshell containers to use at the lunchtime food carts; a “Stuff Site” where students, staff, and faculty can leave any gently used reusable item and take another in return; and recycling of e-waste. The ESC was also active in leading efforts in F&ES’s success in the Carbon Charge pilot program, complete with a “Kroon Carbon Challenge” Facebook page to engage the community and interviews with faculty members.